Alexander S. Kechris

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This paper is a contribution to the study of Borel equivalence relations on standard Borel spaces (i.e., Polish spaces equipped with their Borel structure). In mathematics one often deals with problems of classification of objects up to some notion of equivalence by invariants. Frequently these objects can be viewed as elements of a standard Borel space X(More)
We study the structure of the equivalence relations induced by the orbits of a single Borel automorphism on a standard Borel space. We show that any two such equivalence relations which are not smooth, i.e., do not admit Borel selectors, are Borel embeddable into each other. (This utilizes among other things work of Effros and Weiss.) Using this and also(More)
The study of dynamical systems has its origins in the classical mechanics of Newton and his successors. That theory concerns the behavior of solutions of certain differential equations on manifolds. The modern theory has flourished in many directions that are best described by focusing on different features of the classical systems. For example, keeping(More)
We study topological properties of conjugacy classes in Polish groups, with emphasis on automorphism groups of homogeneous countable structures. We first consider the existence of dense conjugacy classes (the topological Rokhlin property). We then characterize when an automorphism group admits a comeager conjugacy class (answering a question of Truss) and(More)
(A) We study in this paper some connections between the Fräıssé theory of amalgamation classes and ultrahomogeneous structures, Ramsey theory, and topological dynamics of automorphism groups of countable structures. A prime concern of topological dynamics is the study of continuous actions of (Hausdorff) topological groups G on (Hausdorff) compact spaces X.(More)
§1. I will start with a quick definition of descriptive set theory: It is the study of the structure of definable sets and functions in separable completely metrizable spaces. Such spaces are usually called Polish spaces. Typical examples are Rn, Cn, (separable) Hilbert space and more generally all separable Banach spaces, the Cantor space 2N, the Baire(More)
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